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The Idiot
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amiable
20 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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candid
21 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.4
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capricious
8 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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conciliatory
3 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.4
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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contrary   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 33 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary personality
She has a contrary personality.
contrary = disagreeable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
disagreeable — typically in reference to someone's personality
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.1
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2  —3 uses as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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3  —27 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = In opposition to what was just said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of on the contrary means:
in opposition to what was just said
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
Web Links
4  —2 uses as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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disdain
9 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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eccentric
16 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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haughty
20 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.8
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impetuous
4 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.8
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incredulous
4 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4.8
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying or writing one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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malicious
20 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.4
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reproach
36 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book36 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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revere
5 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4.10
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wretch
16 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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